Write-in Hiebert, incumbent Dalke win local election

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
He had to wait three days to find out, but Matt Hiebert was elected to the Hillsboro City Council last Tuesday in a race between three declared write-in candidates.




Hiebert received 77 votes, edging past Vincent Driver who received 70 votes and Byron McCarty with 60.




Re-elected to the council was Leonard Coryea, who ran unopposed from the West Ward.




In the only other local contested race, incumbent Mayor Delores Dalke easily outdistanced her challenger, Sonny Collins, 371-89.




Hiebert, owner of Jost Plumbing & Heating and co-owner of Home Expressions, will fill the East Ward seat vacated by Clariece Schroeder.




Results of the write-in race were not released until after the Marion County commissioners canvassed county-wide votes on Friday morning.




County Clerk Carol Maggard said it has always been her practice not to release the result of write-in votes until the commissioners have canvassed them.




State law does not require county clerks to release results on election night, according to Bryan Caskey, administrative assistant in the elections division of the Kansas Secretary of State’s office in Topeka.




“Counties (release vote totals on election night) in order to get results to the press as soon as possible,” he said. “But it’s entirely unofficial and it’s not required by law.




“Results aren’t official until the county board of canvassers meets on Friday and certifies the election results,” he added. “That’s when they have to be released.”




In the races for USD 410 Board of Education, four candidates ran unopposed and easily were ratified: Debra Geis, to continue in an unexpired term for Position 1; Brent Barkman for Position 4; Doug Weinbrenner for Position 5; and Eddie Weber for Position 6.




County-wide




In one of the most closely watched races in Marion County, Marion voters elected Eloise Mueller as their new mayor. She will succeed Max Hayen, who chose not to seek re-election.




Mueller out-polled her rival, Martin Tice, 391 to 288 votes. Mueller was perceived as favoring a landfill for Marion while Tice was perceived as opposing one.




Marion voters also approved a 0.75 percent local sales tax by a vote of 407 to 263. The money generated by the tax is to be used for developing the city’s new industrial park.




In one of the more unusual situations in Marion County, voters in Lost Springs cast only write-in votes for mayor and all five seats on their city council-because no one formally filed for either office.




Greg Wyatt, who had been serving as mayor, received the most votes to continue in that capacity-13 of the 20 votes cast.




The top vote-getters for city council were Frank Wirtz, Glen Heitfield, Joe Alvarez, Blaine Gehrke and a tie for the fifth spot between Bob Bevan and Steve Seifert. Wirtz, Heitfield, Alvarez and Bevan had been serving previously.




The tie between Bevan and Seifert will be broken by the county commission-assuming all six of the candidates would be willing to serve.




If any of the top vote-getters for either office does not want to serve, he will have to formally resign his newly won position.




In part because no one filed for either local office, the 49 eligible voters of Lost Springs wrote in 23 different names for city council.




Two school board positions for USD 408 (Marion-Florence) attracted numerous write-in votes-even though each position had a declared candidate.




Thirteen people received write-in votes for Position 4, for which declared candidate Keith Collett received 695 votes.




Nineteen people received write-in votes for Position 5, which declared candidate Roger Hannaford III won with 587 votes.




Following are the complete vote totals for Marion County elections. The asterisk (*) indicates those elected to the position. Underlined names indicate incumbents who filed for re-election. A double asterisk (**) indicates a tie.








CITY ELECTIONS








Burns




(140 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Brent Miles 43, David Farren 1.




— City council: *Tom Grimwood 44, *Mary A. Glenn 43, *James D. Hoffman 34, *Cecilia M. Kennedy 33, *Marty Reagan 32, Ronald Goodwin 22, Fritzie Hatfield 2, Cindy Jackson 2, Carolyn Koehn 1, Terry Nystrom 1, Mark Steward 1.




— Burns treasurer: **Jerry Leer 1, **Sharon Lefert 1, **Bill Lymon 1, **Patricia Nystrom 1.




Durham




(64 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Glennon Crowther 22, Manual Kuchda 1.




— City council: *Gary D. Unruh 22, *Verlin L. Sommerfeld 21, *Reinhold Winter 21, *Ben Goertz 19, *Manual Kuchda 12, Dwight Dirks 2, Melvin Joy 2, Edward Flaming 1, Fiennes Jantz 1, Dennis Klein 1, Gaylen Youk 1.




Florence




(429 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *M. Jeanie Meirowsky 80, Bill Dyar 7, Judy Mills 5, Del Leeds 4, Rodney Williams 2, Walter Ireland 1, Paul J. Loewen 1, Barbara O’Dell 1, Tim Parmley 1, Jackie Sigwing 1.




— City council (Ward 1): *Lawrence “Larry” W. Timm 55.




— City council (Ward 2): *Barbara O’Dell 40, Harvey W. Wells 23, Dewy Stevens 1.




Goessel




(364 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Peggy Jay 94, Lyle Christ 1, Richard Drake 1.




— City council: *Larry D. Schmidt 90 (Incumbent? did not file), *Larry C. Lindeman 89, *Duane Duerksen 86, *James Wiens 82, *Lyle E. Christ 81, Loren C. Rudolph 19, Joel Ratzlaff 3, Troy Roth 1.




Hillsboro




(1,920 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Delores Dalke 371, Sonny Collins 89, Lewis Hagen 3, Gordon Mohn 1, Jim Peters 1, Doug Wright 1.




— City council (West Ward): *Leonard Coryea 153, Brian McCarty 2, Daren Arndt 1, Stanley Eitzen 1, Ta Friesen 1, Matt Hiebert 1.




— City council (East Ward): *Matt Hiebert 77, Vincent Driver 70, Byron McCarty 60, Eileen Butler 1, Coryea 1, Paul Epp 1, Glenn Lygrisse 1, Douglas McCarty 1, Lewis Hagen 1, Connie Weber 1.




Lehigh




(139 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Richard D. Hauschel 47, Ron Duerksen 1.




— City council: *Todd Jost 48, *Eldon Kaiser 46, *Ron Duerksen 45, *Barry Slayden 36, *Rose A. Funk 26, Robert E. Ogle 16, Robert “Bob” Diaz 4, James Muzyka 4, Kevin Blackwell Sr. 1, Donna Brumm 1, John Fox 1, Adam Halstead 1,Vernon Minns 1, Joseph Wuest 1, Bob Wells 1, David Terrell 1, Donna Terrell 1.




Lincolnville




(153 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Victor Burns 35, David L. Schneider Sr. 31, Eldon Smith 1.




— City council: *Karen Hurt 39, *JoAnn Olsen 25, Daniel “Dan” Benewiat 17, Barbara Kaiser 3, Steve Svoboda 3, Victor Burns 1, Dawn Chizek 1, John Chizek 1, Dawn Kaiser 1, Myron Klein 1, Donna Kristek 1, Joann Owens 1, Lisa Peterson 1, Marvin Peterson 1, Eldon Smith 1, Joe Vinduska 1.




Lost Springs




(49 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Greg Wyatt 13, Joyce E. Buckland-Rohloff 5, Les Kitchenmaster 1, Joe Zinn 1.




— City council: *Frank Wirtz 19, *Glenn Heitfield 15, *Joe Alvarez 12, *Blaine Gehrke 11, **Robert “Bob” Bevan 8, **Steven “Steve” Seifert 8, Mina Adams 6, Joe Zinn Jr. 4, Les Kitchenmaster 3, Kelly Wonser 3, Connie Alvarez 2, Bryan Jackson 2, Larry Jenkins 2, John Strome 2, Betty Bevan 1, Raelene Hajek 1, Fred Hayes 1, Melanie Jackson 1, Adella Katz 1, Mark Pagenkopf 1, John Varelman 1, Marianne Wyatt 1, Rose Yabarra 1.




Marion




(1,482 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Eloise Mueller 391, Martin Tice 288, Barry Allen 1.




— Sales tax: *Yes 407, No 263.




Peabody




(839 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Kevin Ensminger 232, David Oursler 103, Bob Brady 1, Steve Rose 1.




— City council: *Tom Schmidt 251, *N.M. Patton 157, Tammie Yoder 137, Jon Gard 84.




Ramona




(61 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *Edith “Connie” C. Smith 21, Gertrude Schubert 1, David Staatz 1, Pat Wick 1.




— City council: *Nathen A. Bailey 21, *Kim Antoszyk 10, *Jayme Brunner 9, *David Staatz 9, *Justin Hubbard 7, Ron Cheever 6, Dan Martin 5, AJ Svoboda 3, Pat Wick 2, Don Bird 1, Mrs. Brown 1, Fern Leach 1, Gertrude Schubert 1, Tim Steinborn 1, Stan Wiles 1.




Tampa




(81 eligible voters)




— Mayor: *James Clemmer 29.




— City council: *Reuben Kerbs 31, *Tim J. Svoboda 31, *Thomas E. Leihy 30, *Paul H. Backhus 28, *Wilbert E. Backhus 28, Don Beisel 1, Tom Duggan 1, Marla Roberts 1.








School district ELECTIONS








USD 397, Centre




(894 eligible voters)




— Position 4 (All votes from Morris County): *Jennifer M. Kassebaum 62, Glenn Carlson 4, Philip Peterson 1.




— Position 5: *John B. Garrard 67, Mark Pagenkopf 1, Marvin Peterson 1, Alan Stahlecker 1.




— Position 6: *Jule Klenda 8, Daniel Benewait 1, Raymond Bina 1.




USD 398, Peabody-Burns




(140 eligible voters)




— Position 3: *Louis W. Anderson 419, Carolyn Koehn 2, Brent Miles 2, Dan Bradfield 1, Carol Callahan 1, Janet Post 1, Lawrence Sayers 1.




— Position 4: *Duke Eldridge 310, Lisa Hurst 175.




— Position 5: *Doe Ann Hague 324, Dennis Riggs (183).




— Position 6: *Carolyn Koehn 405, Daytha Langenegger 4, Brent Miles 1, Randy Wolf 1, Lois Sayers 1, Jack Bruner 1.




USD 408, Marion-Florence




(2,873 eligible voters)




— Position 4: *Keith Collett 695, Jami Williams 2, Mary Beth Bowers 2, Dan Baldwin 1, Laura Baldwin 1, Bill Clinton 1, Dave Hett 1, Dan Holub 1, Mike Moran 1, Janet Robinson 1, Fred Samples 1, Quinn Trapp 1, Beth Watson 1, Roger Williams 1.




— Position 5: *Roger W. Hannaford III 587, Roger Maag 3, Alex H. Case 1, Casey Case 1, Jim Crofoot 1, Kevin Fruechting 1, Richard Hamington 1, Dan Holub 1, Mary Jeffrey 1, Mike Jeffrey 1, Rush Limbaugh 1, Matt Newhouse 1, Michal S. O’Dell, Jack Regnier 1, Diane Richmond 1, Bill Sherfy 1, David Watson 1, Jami Williams 1, Pat Zogelman 1.




— Position 6: *Gene Bowers 592, Donna Hajek 4, Charles D. Deforest 2, Mike Moran 2, Pam Bowers 1, Gordon Liddy 1, Ed Jeffrey 1, Matt Newhouse 1, Quinn Trapp 1, Bernard Waner 1.




— Position 7 (unexpired): *Bruce Skiles 600, Troy Leith 202.




USD 410, Hillsboro




(2,824 eligible voters)




— Position 1 (unexpired): *Debra Geis 33.




— Position 4: *Brent Barkman 103.




— Position 5: *Douglas L. Weinbrenner 223, Mark G. Dalke 1, David Espada 1, Andy Shewey 1.




— Position 6: *Eddie Webber 96, Matt Hiebert 1.




USD 411, Goessel




(2,824 eligible voters)




— Position 4: *Lynette Duerksen 125.




— Position 5: *DeWayne Voth 92, Mark Jenkins 37.




— Position 6: *Lynel J. Unrau 125.

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